Pennsic 2012 Diary is online!

Friends, I know you didn’t have anything else planned for this weekend, so why not browse through 15,000 words of Pennsic nostalgia? That’s right, this year’s Pennsic diary is online! In it, you’ll discover that I became Mistress Marian of Heatherdale’s apprentice, performed for the royalty of the Known World, and went on stage for the intermissions of Lorelei of Skye’s Wednesday night show. I also performed a whole bunch of new saint stories, which will be posted online soon, and wrote a bunch of new pieces: 1. a poem for Liam St. Liam’s “crown polishing” quest, 2. Hours at Troll, 3. Sixteen Shirts, 4. The Excuse Note, and 5. Marian Doesn’t Like Wool.

I wasn’t able to put as many links in to friends’ pages this year, because it’s been crazy-busy in the office and my boyfriend’s brother is getting married in two days, but I know you’ll forgive me. The important thing is that you can now re-live the Pocket Bard’s two weeks at Pennsic as though you were there yourself. Have at!


Where to find the Pocket Bard at Pennsic, 2012 edition

Pennsic is fast approaching, and the question I know is on everybody’s mind is, “When can I get to see the Pocket Bard?” (If it’s not the question on your mind, you know it should be. *grin*)

So, to sate your curiosity, here we go!

As always, I will be camping with McGuire’s Marauders, N06. To find it, stand in front of Performing Arts and face towards the battlefield. Look on your right for the pink-and-white striped tents. That’s us.

Naturally, I won’t be in camp very much. I tend to wander around a lot. If you want your camp to be on my “Pocket Bard-friendly” list of destinations, be sure to let me know who you are and where you’re camped. I try to get out to see everyone at least once every 2-3 days, weather permitting. I particularly like appreciative audiences, people who feed me, and small children to play with.

There are a few places I’m almost guaranteed to be. Here’s that list:
– Monday Peace Week, o’dark: “Welcome to Pennsic” bardic circle (Calontir Royal)
– Wednesday Peace Week, 10 a.m.: Teaching “Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints” (AS4)
– Wednesday Peace Week, o’dark: Haakon’s bardic circle (Aethelmearc Royal)
– Thursday Peace Week, o’dark: “Maraude at Home” bardic circle (McGuire’s Marauders, N06)
– Friday Peace Week, 1 p.m.: Teaching “Your Persona in an Hour” (AS4)
– Middle Sunday, 2 p.m.: Tea Social (McGuire’s Marauders, N06)
– Middle Sunday, o’dark: Lowdy Toady party (Casa Bardicci)
– Monday War Week, 10 a.m.: Teaching “Pennsic Without Breaking the Bank” (AS5)
– Monday War Week, o’dark: Heralding Liam St. Liam into the Royal Dinner, possibly serving afterwards (East Kingdom Royal)
– Tuesday War Week, o’dark: Harpwood Hall jam session (Harpwood Hall)
– Thursday War Week, 3 p.m.: Teaching “Your Person in an Hour” (AS4)
– Thursday War Week, 4 p.m.: Guarding the East Kingdom gate (East Kingdom Royal)
– Thursday War Week, o’dark: Hoity Toity party (Casa Bardicci)

So… that should hopefully be enough to get everyone started. I will, naturally, also be available to drink hot or cold beverages at the Inner Vagabond at a moment’s notice, and I’m sure there will be more bardic circles I’ll only find out about when I get to War. Come find me and I’ll tell you what they are! For I am Katherine Ashewode, bardic enabler! See you at War!

Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints

This year at Pennsic, I will be teaching a class called “Sexy, Silly, Scheming Saints.” (First Wednesday, August 1, 10:00 am, AS4) This class will be focused on fun saint stories from the Golden Legend, a medieval book of saints lives. If you come, here are the stories you can expect to hear:

– St. Basil helps a slave who turned to the devil out of lust for his master’s daughter
– Emperor Nero conceives and gives birth to a frog
– St. Nicholas helps a moneylender who has been cheated by a clever debtor
– St. John the Almsgiver pays the same beggar three times
– A prefect has designs on St. Anastasia’s maidservants but instead caresses and embraces kitchen implements thinking that it is the servants
– St. Julian causes a man pretending to be dead to actually die
– St. George kills a dragon
– St. Nicholas saves a greedy noble’s son
– The Scrooge-like conversion of Peter the tax collector
– Josephus brings a hated slave before Titus to cure him of paralysis
– St. Marina, while cross-dressing as a monk, is accused of rape
– The ghost of St. Gregory kills his successor
– Pope Leo cuts off his own hand to avoid temptation and has it restored by the Virgin Mary
– St. Patrick accidentally wounds the King of the Scots, with a happy conclusion
– St. Andrew helps a bishop who has been beguiled by the devil in the form of a beautiful woman
– A virgin of Antioch is placed in a brothel, but a Christian knight exchanges clothes with hers so that she can preserve her virtue

If any of these sound interesting, I invite you to come to my class and hear the full versions! Also, you may catch a few of them as I camp hop around Pennsic.

An overnight sensation nine years in the making

I’ve been styling myself as a bard since 2003, give or take. In that time, I’ve had wonderful fun both writing and performing, camp-hopping and standing on stage, and (very occasionally) competing. And while I seem to have a knack for accumulating prizes that other people have won in competition (I think I’m up to four and counting), I have yet to win a competition myself.

That changed last night. Yes, friends, for the first time in my bardic “career,” I actually have a championship to my own name. Last night was the monthly iteration of “StorySlam,” which is like a poetry slam except for storytelling. By a very, very near margin, I squeaked into first place and won some mint fudge, which I promptly gave away in the spirit of paying it forward.

This also means that I’ll be the featured teller at next month’s StorySlam, and should probably start thinking about how I’m going to fill up 20 minutes of stage time. (For the record, last night’s winning piece was Rathflaed DuNoir’s “Beowulf.”)

Pennsic 2011 diary is up!

Wondrous news! This year’s Pennsic diary, The Pocket Bard Takes the Stage is up and ready for your enjoyment! Clocking in at approximately 19,000 words, it’s a day-by-day, circle-by-circle account of how I spent this year’s War. Most excitingly: I got to take the stage in the “Heather Dale and Friends” show. Yes, the Pocket Bard up on stage before a packed house, for the very first time! Will I do it again? Only time will tell.

In any event, happy reading!

Pennsic diary update: real soon now!

I’ve been back from War for almost a week, and I know what many of you are thinking: “Pocket Bard, where’s this year’s Pennsic diary?” Never fear! I am hard at work. So far I’ve transcribed 11 days (up to War Week Tuesday) and have four to go. The current word count is about 13,000 words. Whew!

For the curious, I wrote one new piece at Pennsic (on commission) and I’ll be posting another that I wrote shortly beforehand. Look for everything to be up online by the end of this weekend or early next week. I miss Pennsic already!

(And if anyone has any pictures they may have take of me, I’d love to see them!)

Where to find the Pocket Bard at Pennsic

Pennsic is fast upon us, so it seems like the right time to post a list of places you’ll be able to find me. This is far from a complete list of the things I want to do — many evenings are double- or triple-booked — but it includes most of the things I’m pretty sure of, either because I’m in charge or because there’s nothing else I know happening at that time. *grin*

Where I’m camping: McGuire’s Marauder’s, N06. Stand in front of the Performing Arts Pavilion, face the battlefield, and look for the pink-and-white striped tents on your right. I’ll be arriving the evening of Land Grab Saturday and staying until the last weekend, time TBD and dependent on allergies.

Where I’ll be:
– Peace Week Monday (Aug 1), o’dark, Calontir Royal: Rhodri’s honeymoon bardic
– Peace Week Wednesday (Aug 3), noon, AS 10: teaching Your Persona in an Hour
– Peace Week Wednesday (Aug 3), o’dark, Aethelmearc Royal: Haakon’s bardic circle
– Peace Week Thursday (Aug 4), 10 a.m., AS 10: teaching Pennsic Without Breaking the Bank
– Peace Week Thursday (Aug 4), suppertime, McGuire’s Marauders: hosting Master Efenwealt Wystle and his family as they sing for their supper
– Middle Friday (Aug 5), 8:30 p.m., meeting at A&S tents: “Peerless” bardic amoeba
– Middle Saturday (Aug 6), 11 a.m., AS 11: teaching Your Group’s Persona in an Hour
– Middle Sunday (Aug 7), 1:30 p.m., Runestone Hill: “Peerless” bardic circle
– Middle Sunday (Aug 7), 4:00 p.m., AS 10: presenting a paper at the Boreal Master Symposium
– War Week Monday (Aug 8), 8:30 p.m., Trotheim N20: performing in Beowulf the Road Show
– War Week Tuesday (Aug 9), noon, AS 10: teaching Your Persona in an Hour
– War Week Tuesday (Aug 9), o’dark, various: some combination of Zsof’s vigil, Dahrien’s vigil, and the Harpwood Hall jam session
– War Week Wednesday (Aug 10), 6 p.m., Performing Arts: performing the intermezzos at the Lorelei Skye concert
– War Week Wednesday (Aug 10), 9 p.m., Performing Arts: taking in the Marian of Heatherdale concert

If you don’t see your event or class on this list, never fear! It’s probably on my schedule already, I just can’t be 100% sure I’ll be there. (Pennsic is Pennsic. Plans change with weather and whim.) If you think I *don’t* know about your event, comment! Let me know! I’ll try to make it!

And if you’d like to get together for an impromptu Your Inner Vagabond trip, want to join me in some singing and storytelling, or have a small child for me to play with, just let me know! So much to do, so little time to do it in!

No Longer Seventeen — at any age

It’s been a long time coming. For years, I’ve heard my loyal fans asking me, “Pocket Bard, I love your song No Longer Seventeen! I also look super-young and would love to perform it! But I’m not twenty-six! What do I do?”

Fear no more! I have just updated the No Longer Seventeen page to include alternate end verses to fit every age from twenty-one to twenty-nine, with an extra bonus verse for young-looking performers who are thirty years old or older. Enjoy!

Pennsic bardic – any requests?

Pennsic is fast approaching and I’ve started reviewing my bardic repertoire. Which leads me to an important question: Do I have any requests? If there’s a piece you’ve heard me perform that you absolutely want me to do again, or there’s a song in the Master Song List you’ve always wanted to hear, or there’s a piece I don’t do but you’d like me to learn… now’s your chance! Speak now or be satisfied with the 70-odd songs that are currently on my request list.

A week of poetry performance – Day 5

Today’s YouTube performance, The Tale of Reprobus, is an actual period story, and a popular one. It tells the tale of a man so blinded by his own pride that he leaves the service of a king to follow the devil, and only later does he realize the error of his ways. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to find out Reprobus’ secret superhero identity! (You can read the poem here.)

This piece, incidentally, earned me a silver bracelet from Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, one of my most treasured possessions.

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